Voice your Opinions on the Government’s National Arts and Disability Strategy

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The Federal Government is inviting the public to share their opinions on disability and the arts to inform the next iteration of the National Arts and Disability Strategy.

The National Arts and Disability Strategy.

Released in 2009 by the Meeting of Cultural Ministers, the National Arts and Disability Strategy was devised to improve access and participation in artistic and cultural activities for people living with disability.

An evaluation of the Strategy was released in 2017 and recommended that the Strategy be renewed for 2019.

The government is now asking for feedback on the Strategy from the public, from people living with a disability, carers of people living with disability, and from organisations in the arts and disability sectors.

This consultation process will end at 5pm on Monday 3 December, 2018.

New developments in the arts and disability sector since 2009, including the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), have prompted the review.

Announcing the initiative, Assistant Minister for Social Services, Housing and Disability Services, the Hon Sarah Henderson MP, described the review as an important step to enact meaningful change for people living with disability in Australia.

The broader landscape has changed so much since the National Arts and Disability Strategy was first launched in 2009, particularly with the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

“This consultation presents an excellent opportunity to focus on the arts and culture, and what makes a community inclusive and accessible,” she said.

HOW TO GET YOUR OPINION HEARD

The government has provided multiple options for people to provide feedback including online or in person.

A Spokesperson from the Department of Communications and the Arts told ArtsHub: “There are many accessible options to provide feedback in addition to completing the online survey, including video, audio or phone (1800 185 693) submissions. There is also an Easy English version of the discussion paper and an Auslan video to explain how to participate. There are also face-to-face consultations, which are being held in every state and territory. The calendar for face-to-face consultations can be found on the Australian Government Department of Communications and Arts website.”

When asked what type of feedback and commentary they are seeking, the spokesperson said: “We want to know how people with disability engage with the arts, what the barriers are, what is best practice in arts and disability and what people think should happen in the future. The stories and ideas that people share during the consultation will help shape a renewed National Arts and Disability Strategy. The Meeting of Cultural Ministers will release a new Strategy in late 2019.”

Minister for the Arts Mitch Fifield said the public consultation is a meaningful step in identifying ways to maximise opportunities for people living with disability to experience full inclusion in Australia’s cultural life.

“I strongly encourage the community to tell your stories. We want to hear how we can improve access to the arts, increase participation by people with disability and foster professional arts training and employment opportunities,” said Fifield.

To find out more and have your say visit: www.arts.gov.au.

Submissions will be accepted until Monday 3 December 2018, 5pm (AEST).

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